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‘No risk of Covid with sacrificial animal slaughter, meat processing’


Published : 29 Jun 2022 09:00 PM

There is no risk of corona virus infection in cows, buffaloes, goats, sheep and chickens. There is no risk of infection in human body even from these animals. So, there is no reason to be afraid of being infected with Corona virus during sacrificial animal slaughter and processing their meat.

These information were revealed at the 26th Annual Scientific Conference of Bangladesh Society for Veterinary Education and Research (BSVER).

Kagoshima University Professor Dr Naoki Miura and Professor Dr Alimul Islam and Professor Paritosh Kumar Biswas presented the main article on the subject. The main theme of this year's conference was 'Corona's Impact and Mitigation on Livestock Industry’.

A total of 120 researchers from Bangladesh, Japan, Germany, China, Kenya, Iran, India, Pakistan, Nepal and other countries participated in the two-day scientific conference. 

The research articles also said that there is no risk of spreading corona virus through cattle. At this time, the Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Professor Md Maqbool Hossain said the involvement of veterinarians should be increased to ensure safe food for the people. So, veterinarians have to be recruited up to the union level. Professor Maqbool also said that anti-microbial resistance is an epidemic for Bangladesh. To avoid this unplanned and indiscriminate use of antibiotics and anti-microbial drugs must be stopped. Only antibiotics and anti-microbial drugs should be sold and consumed as per the prescription of registered doctors.

Meanwhile, animal species have their own viruses that cause various types of illness. The cattle and animal viruses are very common and do not cause illness in human. There is no evidence to suggest that a naturally infected animal is capable of transmitting virus back to humans. Covid virus spreads from person to person, the risk to animals is very low and the risk from animals is even lower.  

There is no reason to harm animals or abandon them out of fear rather developing relationship with a pet can be a great source of comfort, that also can help human to decrease depression, anxiety, and stress. So, caring livestock appropriately during this pandemic will certainly ensure a safe and secure food supply, and help improve the mental health of the companion.